100 Years of Scouting

February 8, 2010 marks 100 years of Boy Scouts of America. World Scouting celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2007.

Take a moment to watch this great video and reflect how scouting influenced many lives of boys and girls throughout the world. Scouting teaches virtues, character development and survival skills. It also gives urban kids a chance to get out into nature.

Many former scouts became avid campers with their own families. Maybe you are one of them?


Parks Climate Challenge 2009: North Cascades

Watch as 19 high school studets participate in Parks Climate Challenge Program.

Parks Climate Challenge is a program organized by the National Parks Foundation in the US, where selected high school students get to spend a month at one of the national parks and learn about science and environmental effects of climate change.

See what these students had to say about their amazing experiences. Their enthusiasm is contagious!

How to Backpack with Kids

This is a nice video about backpacking with kids. Backpacking and hiking is a great activity for all ages, but we need to remember that kids will slow us down, won't go as far as we would like to and in general require a lot more "stuff" than adults.

RV Industry Centennial Celebration

Did you know that 2010 marks 100 yeas of the RV industry in the United States? It came a long way from horse-drawn caravans to luxury motorhomes we enjoy today.

Have a look yourself.

Protect Your RV from Rodents

This video is a continuation on the subject of winterizing.

Before closing off your RV for the winter, make sure to make it an unfriendly place for rodents and bugs.

We had a major mice infestation after our first winter. We just did not think about doing anything in the fall to protect our trailer from mice. As we discovered in the spring, they made our place their home. Actually, they felt so well in there that they kept coming back again and again every night, even after the rightful owners (that is us) returned. So take some steps to prevent mice and other creatures from entering your property. I would also recommend leaving some mouse traps set-up around the place, just in case they do get in.

Winterizing Your RV

Winter is near and this means winterizing your RV's pipes with some antifreeze. Usually you can have it done for you by the experts (at your park or at the dealer's) for a fee or you can do it yourself.

If you decide that you can do it, but you still need some help, watch this video first. It is very helpul in understanding all the things you need to do.

But make no mistake, there is much more to winterizing a trailer than this. First of all it is necessary to check your roof. If the trailer is an older model, the roof may require some fixing and waterproofing. Otherwise covering the AC unit may be sufficient.

Another option is buying an RV cover. It should be made of brathable material, so that moisture won't get trapped inside. Good cover may save you a lot of headache in the springtime.


Fall Camping

Fall is here and it is getting colder and colder, at least in some parts of the world. But it is still a great time to go camping and admire fall colours.

I hope you are not travelling alone like Susan, but her video provides some inspiration and tips for fall camping. She is a tough cookie: she can start a fire all by herself, so ladies watch and learn! After all, we all have to improvise at one time or another.

So have fun!

Rocky Mountain National Park- the Next Generation Fund

This video shows how many of the US National Parks, and lots more around the globe, are offering educational programs for children and families.

Movement of going back to nature has been recently sparked by the book "Last Child in the Woods" by Richard Louv.

Installing love of nature, curiosity and enthusiasm in the next generation is no small task and will affect all of us and our planet in the future.

Sesame Street: Camping Show

U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council Launch National Campaign to Re-connect Children with Nature

June 13,2009 was declared US "National Get Outdoors Day"

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House or Camper?

This RV camper, designed by two Japanese students, transforms from a truck to a 2-storey house.

How ingenius! I am truly amazed.

Camping with Kids: an Inspiration

Nature: Your Inspiration and Healer

Do you feel sad and lonely sometimes? Did you lose the spark in your eyes? It happens to the best of us. What you need is some nature therapy.

Get away, go camping for the weekend. Reconnect with yourself and your inner child. Stop the racing thoughts in your mind. Relax and breathe deeply. Let nature inspire you and calm you down. Remember, as an adult you need some freedom. Freedom from everyday routine, work and chores.

Perhaps rekindle your art interests that were long forgotten. While in the great outdoors you can feel it again in your soul. Is it music, is it painting or photography? Make a mental note. Notice the sounds, notice the pictures. What did you like doing when you were a kid?

Let your kids run wild for a few minutes. It is not the end of the world, they need some freedom, too. The best yet, go running with them. Play tag, go swimming, go hiking. There is nobody watching you...and if they are, it is OK. Let your hair down for a day or two. Your kids will appreciate it, too. Perhaps they also forgot the playful side of you.

Some call it escape from reality, I call it going back to your roots. What is important in your life, what will you remember when you get old: playing with your kids or your job?

Watch the video and get inspired...